Facelift Recovery Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to Plastic Surgery, the procedure itself is only half the journey. To ensure best results and a safe recovery, Dr. Hernandez created an infographic that details the do’s and don’ts of a Facelift recovery. Always follow your surgeon’s detailed instructions and keep these tips in mind.

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What to do:

  • Prior to surgery, discontinue all medications that may cause bleeding.
  • Have someone available to assist you.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat soft foods.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Use baby shampoo to wash your hair.
  • Apply a high SPF sunblock, a hat and protective eyewear 30 minutes prior to going outdoors.
  • Wait 4 weeks before exercising.
  • Take your prescribed oral medications as directed.
  • Contact your physician immediately if you experience any severe pain or bleeding.

What not to do:

  • Do not apply ice, heat or pressure to your face.
  • Do not resume taking your regular medications.
  • Do not put your phone close to your ears.
  • Do not do any activities that involve heavy lifting or bending over.
  • Do not use the hair-dryer on the hot setting.
  • Do not wear make up or skin care products.
  • Do not drive for at least one week after surgery.
  • Do not engage in any activities that involve being submerged in the water.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take hormones.
  • Do not smoke.


  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Certified Expert Injector

Surgical Training:

  • Aesthetic Fellow at New York University Hospital / Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital
  • Aesthetic Fellow at Drs. Baker & Gordon in Miami
  • Residency at University of Illinois Hospital at Chicago
  • General Surgery Training at Cornell University Teaching Hospital

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